Separating "Palestine" as a separate country from Israel on our blog won't be everyone's cup of tea, but we needed some sort of objective benchmark and used Wikipedia's "list of sovereign states" as a guide:
So please don't send us hate mail about the sovereignty of the Palestinian Territories. We love everyone.
There are some things in life that just sound right. Peanut butter and jelly. Sunlounge and cocktails. Christmas and Bethlehem. And who could resist celebrating Christmas Eve where it all began some 2000 years ago. A small, unassuming town where a baby was born in an animal feeding trough that is still revered and celebrated today. The sacred location at the very foundation of Christianity. There’s nowhere else that comes close to being as Christmassy as this.
It wasn’t that I was looking for peace. But I did expect some kind of “wow” moment. Some kind of spiritual release or holy epiphany. After all, Jesus was my Saviour too. Instead there is only one reason I would go back to Bethlehem and it doesn’t have anything to do with witnessing the birthplace of Jesus.